Monthly Archives: July 2020

Speaking up for free speech

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13 Jul Speaking up for free speech A group of 153 academics, writers, and social activists published a letter in Harper’s Magazine (7 July 2020) expressing concern that “a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments” are tending “to weaken norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity”. The group appealed for greater equality… Read more »

Covid-19 threatens Amazon’s Indigenous people as mining continues, states fail to respond

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08 Jul Covid-19 threatens Amazon’s Indigenous people as mining continues, states fail to respond Non-governmental organizations belonging to the Pan Amazon Social Forum (FOSPA) are raising the alarm about the effects of Covid-19 in the Amazon, saying the highest concentration of cases are in the border towns and areas where mining and other extractivist activities have continued.   Since March, the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) and the Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la… Read more »

Indigenous community radio at the forefront of protecting Ecuador’s ancestral lands

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08 Jul Indigenous community radio at the forefront of protecting Ecuador’s ancestral lands Posted at 10:27h in News by Marites (Tess) Sison In response to growing resource extraction activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, WACC Global is supporting a project that will help four local Indigenous community radio stations produce innovative content that promotes the protection of ancestral lands from a human rights and gender justice perspective.   Mining, oil exploration, industrial… Read more »

Digital literacy workshops empower Palestinian women in Gaza Strip

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07 Jul Digital literacy workshops empower Palestinian women in Gaza Strip Sameera Zoroub, who graduated with a degree in media, used to think that her social media accounts were “secure and protected.”   But when she attended a Digital Security workshop organized in late June by Community Media Centre, a Palestinian NGO, she realized that there was so much she didn’t know about safely navigating the mobile and online world.  At the end of the workshop, Sameera… Read more »

The enemy on your wrist

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06 Jul The enemy on your wrist Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Tags: surveillance, wearables, monitoring tools, privacy Electronic tagging has always been controversial. Today it is being touted in the name of health security. Photo: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, intrusive monitoring tools adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic may further normalize… Read more »

Communication rights project addresses information needs of migrants in the Ecuador-Colombia border

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02 Jul Communication rights project addresses information needs of migrants in the Ecuador-Colombia border A WACC-supported project has been training Ecuadorian and Colombian citizen journalists on investigative journalism, media production, migrants’ rights, and human security to equip them with new skills that will help meet the communication and information needs of migrants and host communities in their midst.   Coordinadora de Medios Comunitarios Populares y Educativos del Ecuador -CORAPE (Ecuadorian Network of Community, Popular and… Read more »